How to Root HTC Desire

Sanjana February 28, 2012 0

Cheers to HTC Desire smartphone users as they can now root their Desire GSM and CDMA variant smartphones with the help of the simple rooting tutorial discussed here. Rooting will enable HTC Desire users to install all third party applications and access to some system level files so that they can be customized. The only disadvantage of rooting is that it will void the smartphone’s warranty that can be reclaimed back if you update your phone with the default stock or factory firmware.

htc desire gingerbread

We wont be responsible for any harm caused to your device during the rooting procedure that is unlikely to happen if you follow the instructions carefully. The rooting procedure is only applicable to network unlocked HTC Desire smartphones so do not try it in any other devices as it might not be reversible and will harm the device by blocking it.


You ought to backup all the user data present in your phone since chances of data loss or corruption are there. Having a backup will enable you to replace the lost data if any damage occurs. Follow the link

posted below to easily backup and restore all your data.

Pre Upgrade Instructions for Rooting and Firmware Update

Must Have:

Download Unrevoked modified USB DriverDownload Unrevoked tool

Steps to Root HTC Desire:

Step-1: Download Unrevoked modified USB Driver from the Must Have section to your computer. Extract the downloaded files to a folder and place it in the desktop for easy accessibility. Now power off the phone and boot into HBoot menu by pressing the Volume Down key and Power button simultaneously.

recovery mode

Step-2: Now you will boot into Recovery mode from where you have to select the option of HBOOT USB by pressing the Volume Down key four times and Power button simultaneously. Wait for the screen to flash a “SD Checking” message before pressing buttons else, the phone will ignore the key presses. This message is meant to check your SD card.

Step-3: Connect your phone to Windows based computer via original USB cable obtained at purchase time. Wait till your phone displays a message as  “HBOOT USB PLUG” on the screen. Open “Device Manager” by following the path “Right click on My Computer > Properties > Device Manager”.

Step-4: Next tap on “Other devices” where you will see Android 1.0 device. Right click on Android 1.0 icon and tap on  “Update Driver Software” option after which the phone will get refreshed. Now tap on Browse option from My Computer for the driver software. Here it will prompt you for the destination folder where you have downloaded (in unzipped format). If you have downloaded it to your desktop then give the location of that folder from your desktop.

Step-5: You will get to see the driver installation process in the status bar and some warnings that you simply need to ignore. Now tap on the option of  “Close”  and be sure that the Android Bootloader interface is listed under Android phone.

Step-6: Download Unrevoked tool from the Must Have section to your computer. Those of you on Windows based operating system must uninstall HTC Sync or any other program that might talk to the phone over USB such as double twist, etc as they cause problems.

Step-7: Plug in the phone to the computer via original USB cable obtained at  purchase time.  Drag down the notification bar from your phone and choose the option of  “Charge Only” > “Remember this”. Enable USB Debugging from the path “Settings > Applications > Development > USB Debugging”. Make sure that USB Debugging option is ticked.

enable usb debugging

Step-8: Run the Re-flash application that you have downloaded and start the Unrevoke tool then follow the on-screen instructions and the phone will get rooted successfully.

Thus you can easily root your HTC Desire smartphone by following the steps mentioned above carefully.

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